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State Minimum Wages Going Up In 2017

by Martin Salcedo, Esq. - The Human Equation on 11/10/2016
Minimum Wage going up in 2017

The current federal minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is $7.25 per hour ($2.13 for tipped employees). Most states, however, have established their own minimum wage, and employees in these states are entitled to whichever minimum wage is higher. Given the existence of multiple minimum wage rates, employers, particularly those operating in more than one state, must know which minimum wage rate (or rates) may apply to their operations.

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Categories: 2016, 2017

When Does Disability Leave Become an Unreasonable Accommodation?

by Martin Salcedo, Esq. - The Human Equation on 7/9/2014
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When has an employer done enough to avoid liability for disability discrimination? Though hard and fast rules are rare in employment discrimination cases, particularly those involving disabilities, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that employers are almost never required to provide more than 6 months leave to an employee with a disability.

The quality versus cost argument is nothing new especially when it comes to insurance. Consumers who pay less tend to get less, whether in the form of coverages, limits or financial security. And, when people choose cost over quality, it usually means they are uninformed about what they really need.

In Hwang v. Kansas State University, an assistant professor working under a one year employment contract was diagnosed with cancer. KSU gave Ms. Hwang a six-month paid leave of absence so she could get treatment. On the advice of her doctor, Ms. Hwang requested additional time off. According to Ms. Hwang, KSU refused her request and effectively terminated her employment.

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Florida Announces 2014 Minimum Wage

by Martin Salcedo, Esq. - The Human Equation on 10/22/2013

Effective January 1, 2014, Florida’s minimum wage will be $7.93 per hour. This is an increase of 14 cents over the 2013 minimum wage of $7.79 per hour. The minimum wage for tipped employees will increase by the same amount to $4.91 per hour

Florida’s minimum wage is the result of a 2004 voter-approved amendment to the Florida Constitution, and it applies to all Florida employees who are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act’s federal minimum wage.

Every year, Florida’s minimum wage is recalculated to consider the rate of inflation during the prior year, and according to the Florida Supreme Court, only upward adjustments are permitted. More...

Condominium Pet Policy vs. Service Animal Request

by Anita Byer, President - The Human Equation on 2/19/2013
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In a previous article we discussed what can happen when a condominium association improperly handles an accommodation request involving a service animal. Unfortunately, a recent federal case in Florida shows that some associations are still struggling with requests for service animals.

In this case, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was told he could not keep his dog because it exceeded the association’s 25-pound limit. The unit owner sent a letter from his treating physician stating that the emotional support animal was prescribed to help the unit owner cope with his PTSD-related depression, stress and anxiety. The physician then provided two more letters describing the nature of the disability and the need for an emotional support animal in greater detail.

Nevertheless, the association requested more information from the unit owner and his physician. After several months without a response, the association formally demanded removal of the dog. After filing a complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Florida Commission on Human Relations, the unit owner sued the association under the federal and Florida Fair Housing Act (FHA) for denying him a reasonable accommodation.

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Florida's Minimum Wage Increasing on January 1, 2013

by Martin Salcedo, Esq. - The Human Equation on 10/24/2012

Effective January 1, 2013, Florida’s minimum wage will be $7.79 per hour. This represents an increase of 12 cents over the 2012 minimum wage of $7.67 per hour. The minimum wage for tipped employees will increase by the same amount to $4.77 per hour.

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Condominium Governance: For Emergency Use Only

by Anita Byer, President - The Human Equation on 10/9/2012

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During an emergency, decisions need to be made fast. There usually isn’t time to go “by the book.” This is why Florida’s Condominium Act authorizes association boards to exercise additional emergency powers More...

9 Tips for a Proactive Approach to Condominium Governance

by Anita Byer, President - The Human Equation on 9/4/2012

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It is virtually impossible to be effective at Condominium Governance when attention is diverted to 'problem' incidences that require significant resources to resolve. For this reason, proactive Governance is essential to effective Board Leadership and the peaceful coexistence of residents within a community association.

The following tips are a 'must read' for Board Members who want to limit conflict and enjoy their lives as community leaders: More...

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Is Your Business Ready for the 2012 Hurricane Season?

by Anita Byer, President - The Human Equation on 6/4/2012

For those living or working in areas at risk of experiencing a tropical storm or hurricane, June 1st rarely passes unnoticed. At Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk, we understand that preparing for Hurricane Season is rarely easy and often stressful. We also understand that a lack of awareness and preparation can lead to disaster, and that the best way to limit the risks posed by hurricanes is to take preventative steps now. More...

Florida’s Minimum Wage Increasing on January 1, 2012

by Martin Salcedo, Esq. - The Human Equation on 11/15/2011

Effective January 1, 2012, Florida’s minimum wage will be $7.67 per hour. This represents an increase of 36 cents over the 2011 minimum wage of $7.31 per hour. The minimum wage for tipped employees will increase by the same amount to $4.65 per hour, up from the 2011 minimum hourly wage of $4.29. More...

UPDATE: Florida’s Minimum Wage is Going up on June 1, 2011

by Martin Salcedo, Esq. - The Human Equation on 5/10/2011

Florida employers must prepare for an increase in the minimum wage. On May 3, 2011, Florida’s Agency for Workforce Innovation announced that effective June 1, 2011, Florida’s minimum wage will be $7.31 per hour, which is six cents more than the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. This increase is not only unexpected, it is unusual.More...

Florida’s Minimum Wage Unchanged for 2011

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 11/17/2010

The Agency for Workforce Innovation recently announced that Florida’s minimum wage will remain unchanged at $7.25 per hour throughout the year 2011. The current federal minimum wage is also $7.25 per hour. More...

The State of Florida Approves The Human Equation’s Condominium Management Suite

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 10/18/2010

Those choosing to serve on their condominium board undertake a significant responsibility. Their decision puts them in charge of steering the course of not only their homes, but those of their neighbors. More...

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Florida's Constitution Amendment To Women in the Workplace: Visible Gains, Invisible Barriers

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 10/1/2010

Since WWII expanded women's roles into the military and business arenas, women have been making steady and significant strides toward full equality in the workplace. More...

Florida's Constitution Amendment To Increase Minimum Wage

by Edmund J. McKenna, Board Certified in the Area of Labor and Employment Law - Ford & Harrison, LLP on 10/1/2010

On November 2, 2004, voters in Florida passed an amendment to the Florida Constitution raising the minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $6.15 per hour. More...

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